We want all our learners to achieve their academic and personal potential. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, and, in as far as is reasonably possible, to supporting learners with disabilities, learning differences and any additional support requirements.

Every learner is an individual and therefore may have different academic or support requirements. The initial starting point is a needs assessment with our Academic Resource Officer which identifies the academic, assistive technology and personal supports which can be put in place in order to help you achieve your potential at College.

Learners with disabilities/learning differences have access to a range of assistive technology software and hardware supports depending on their individual requirements. Students are encouraged to disclose any disability learning difference, or additional requirement during the application process, at the start of their studies or at any point during their time at Carlow College.

For further information, please contact Lisa Fortune, Head of Student Services and Learner Supports at: lfortune@carlowcollege.ie and see our FAQs section.

Students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties - follow your route to college with the Disability Access Map! 

This new interactive online desktop tool will allow you to track your path to college step by step and give you lots of

great information and advice.

 Ahead Access Map



While every attempt is made to provide reasonable accommodation for learners with physical disabilities and/or mobility issues, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is a listed building with limits imposed on the structural modifications that can be made. All areas of the college are not universally accessible. Applicants with restricted mobility are strongly advised to make an appointment to visit the college. Disability staff, within the Academic Resource Office, are happy to work with individual applicants to explore the college’s suitability for their individual learning needs. For further information please contact aro@carlowcollege.ie



To be considered under the ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities, each applicant must meet nationality and residency criteria and submit full verification of his/her disability which meets the eligibility criteria as outlined by the Fund. 

Please note that letters from GPs are not acceptable as evidence of disability for the purposes of the Fund.


Learners are encouraged to disclose any disability, learning difference or additional requirement at the start of their studies or at any point during their time at Carlow College.If you would like further information or wish to make an application under the Fund for Students with Disabilities, please make an appointment with disability staff in the Academic Resource Office at 059 9153223 or by email at aro@carlowcollege.ie

Information for Learners


Supports and Assistance


Learner Eligibility for Funding



What a current student has to say about ARO...

ARO helps students understand that even though they have a disability or learning difficulty they can still get through their studies like any other student – no other service in the college gives this kind of support!

Student of Applied Social Studies Year 2

The service does its best for each and every student, whilst striving to enhance and bring out the student’s ability and potential

Student of Humanities Year 2

ARO helps students to develop specific learning strategies to aid them throughout their academic years

Student of Humanities Year 1

The essay doctor service provides helpful advice and guidance to students on how to improve their academic work…it helped increase my confidence.

Student of Applied Social StudiesYear 1

The essay doctor clearly explained everything to me about referencing and structure and was extremely helpful.

Student of English & HistoryYear 4